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A taste of Italy in Lisburn city centre

By John Mulgrew

Published 09/02/2016

Richard Graham, owner of Alfredo's, with Allan Ewart, chairman of the economic development department at Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and Nicky McCollum of Lisburn Square Limited
Richard Graham, owner of Alfredo's, with Allan Ewart, chairman of the economic development department at Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and Nicky McCollum of Lisburn Square Limited

An Italian restaurant is creating 10 new jobs as it sets up shop at Lisburn Square.

Work has now started on Alfredo’s Restaurant, which is due to open its doors next month.

It’s the first major tenant to move into Lisburn Square, after it was bought by UK property firm Marcol last summer.

The new restaurant is being run by Richard Graham, who was previously at the helm of Angelo’s, located on Pipers Hill in Lisburn.

He’s investing around £100,000 in the new spot.

“Despite many successful years at the helm of Angelo’s, I felt the redevelopment of Lisburn Square represented a massive opportunity,” he said.

“Along with the ability to avail of increased footfall, Alfredo’s will also be able to offer extended opening hours, increased turnover rate and an expansive new food offering which will include breakfast and Sunday trading.”

Commercial property firm CBRE was behind the new letting.

Lisburn Square was on the market for £2.25m, but built at a cost of £23m.

Its new owner Marcol said it’s planning to focus on adding places to eat along with indigenous firms.

Since it opened back in 2001, many of the 90,000 sq ft site’s smaller shops subsequently shut, leaving more than 50% of the units vacant.

Nicky McCollum, development director of Lisburn Square, said that he hoped that the latest opening would be just the first of many for the city centre retail site.

“Since taking over Lisburn Square our aim has been to rejuvenate it and engage with the people of Lisburn to provide a premium shopping and leisure destination,” he added.

“The new brand and the updated look and feel along with a number of potential new restaurant and retail offerings will see the square fulfil its potential.”

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